Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.

Migration, Minorities and Citizenship

Migration, minorities and citizenship
Uma A.Segal and GerdaHeck

Introduction

As nations around the globe seek to assess the implications of human migration, news reports and general perceptions imply massive international population movement. While the overall number of people living outside their country of origin has grown from 150 million in the year 2000 to 214 million in 2008, at 3.1 percent of the world's people (UN, 2009), this is still a relatively small share of the total population. Nevertheless, there has been a sharp increase in international migration in the last 50 years. At the same time, citizenship, nationhood, and migration regulations have recently become intensely disputed issues in global politics. Since Europe had been the birthplace of the nation state and modern nationalism ...

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